Liverpool to introduce energy-efficient LED street lights

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All of Liverpool's street lights are to be replaced with LED lights in a bid to make the city more energy-efficient.

LED lighting produces a whiter, clearer light which would also help with visibility at night, the council said.

The first phase of the £7m project will see 1,038 lights replaced in Fazakerley, with 1,038 lights being converted across 158 streets.

The remaining 22,500 street lights, serving 3,214 streets in the city will be upgraded over the next two years.

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    13:23: Good Omens for writing centre

    Fantasy author Neil Gaiman gave a talk to launch the University of Liverpool's Centre for New and International Writing last night.

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    He later tweeted his thanks to the 1,000 people who attended the sold-out lecture.

     
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    13:13: Hospital boss 'disappointed' Lucinda Moore BBC Radio Merseyside

    More on the story about Arrowe Park Hospital being investigated over its finances, by the health regulator Monitor.

    Chief executive of Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, David Allison, said: "My colleagues and I across the trust are disappointed that despite our best efforts our regulator has felt it necessary to open this investigation.

    "However we remain determined to sustain an excellent service for our patients and our public, with safe, quality care at its core."

     
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    13:00: News on the hour Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    The health regulator says it's investigating finances at the trust which runs Wirral's Arrowe Park Hospital.

    Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is currently forecasting a deficit of up to £5.5m for the year.

     
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    12:50: Crash mum 'over the moon' at tyre law plan Liverpool Echo

    A Liverpool mum who has campaigned tirelessly for stricter laws over tyres has welcomed Labour's plan to introduce new legislation.

    Michael Molloy

    Frances Molloy, who lost her 18-year-old son Michael in a coach crash in September 2012, has led a campaign to change the law to make it illegal for buses and coaches to use tyres that are more than 10 years old.

     
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    12:36: Via Twitter

    Merseyfire tweets: Three Hundred Properties Focused On In Fire Safety Campaign After House Fire In Toxteth http://dlvr.it/8rxvn9

     
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    12:20: Home sweet home

    Chester, Aigburth and the waterfront in Liverpool are some of the best places to live according to a survey by the Sunday Times.

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    The publication's annual rating of where to live draws on data such as crime rates, house prices and school performances.

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    It will be breezy with winds strengthening but remaining mild.

     
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    12:00: News on the hour Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    An influential group of MPs led by Liverpool Riverside's Louise Ellman says driverless cars will be on the road within 10 years - and it's crucial the government starts thinking about what that will mean for the UK now.

    The Commons Transport Committee says it's not clear yet who would be liable following a crash or how drivers will be trained and licensed.

     
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    11:44: Macca's back

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    11:33: Sefton council tax rise BBC Radio Merseyside

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    The council agreed its budget last night, looking to save more than £55m over the next two years.

     
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    A retired police officer who was a sergeant on duty at the Hillsborough disaster says one of the central pens was full an hour before kick off.

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    By kick-off more fans had made it into the pen, but Mr Burman told the jury he didn't think it was dangerous.

     
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    11:09: Hospital trust finances investigated

    The NHS Trust that runs Arrowe Park Hospital is being investigated over its finances.

    Arrowe Park Hospital

    Health regulator Monitor said Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of four being investigated to see where improvements can be made.

     
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    11:00: News on the hour Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Every area of England has seen an increase in migration over the past three years - 10,000 across Merseyside and Cheshire.

    The total number of migrants has risen by more than half a million - and two thirds of the new arrivals came from within the European Union.

     
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    10:50: Police search for escaped prisoners Emma Stanley BBC News

    Merseyside Police are appealing for information to trace two men from Liverpool who have both absconded from a prison in Lancashire.

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    Gerard Bailey, 43, went missing from HMP Kirkham on 22 February after failing to return from a period of temporary licence. He is currently serving a sentence for gun and drugs charges.

    Convicted robber Thomas Brown, 28, went missing on 25 February. The two men are not thought to be together.

     
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    10:39: Birkenhead Park no-go zone Wirral Globe

    Police are continuing their crackdown on anti-social behaviour by introducing a new temporary dispersal zone in Birkenhead this weekend.

    The force will be targeting people who are intent on causing anti-social behaviour or criminal damage, especially if they are gathering in large groups.

     
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    10:31: On way to Hillsborough inquests Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    I'm on my way to the Hillsborough Inquests in Warrington today, to get acquainted with the courtroom ahead of Ch Supt David Duckenfield's scheduled appearance next week.

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    Mr Duckenfield was the police match commander on the day of the game on 15 April 1989, where 96 people lost their lives.

     
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    10:24: Your views Julia Bryson BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live from our base in Liverpool to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

     
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    10:15: 'Water' lot of model fun

    The model boat show is returning to the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port this weekend.

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    Clubs from across the North West will assemble to display and exhibit hundreds of the best boats built by their clubs in the past year on the canal.

     
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    10:00: News on the hour Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

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    09:42: College's £7m revamp Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

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    09:18: Going for gold BBC Sport

    Liverpool's Katrina Johnson-Thompson starts her campaign this morning for her first senior major championship.

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    Film-maker Ken Loach will address a national conference of housing activists in Liverpool this Saturday, March 7.

     
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    09:00: News on the hour Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

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    08:02: News on the hour Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

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    08:00: Good morning Emma Stanley BBC News

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